Innovative Aging in Place Solutions
As life expectancy is increasing, so is the wish to age in place at home. Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) with Loxone can extend the lifestyle for residents aging in place at home by means of building automation taking care of everyday tasks.
Depending on the needs and condition of the resident, support can always be carried out conveniently by building automation. This makes aging in place easier for the resident, family members and caretaker, if needed.
12 functions for aging in place
For any familiar reason to get up in the middle of the night, automated lighting makes it possible to safely guide the way.
The placement of sensors, such as Presence Sensors and Door & Window Contact Sensors, can help monitor activity. So if no activity is recorded for a longer time than usual, an emergency call can be programmed to reach a designated caretaker.
Emergency call button
In case of a fall or any other specified situation, it’s important to have access to help as quickly as possible. For this reason, a Touch switch can be conveniently located in every room within arms’ reach by the doorway or preferred location.
With the possibility of a stove or iron catching fire if left turned on, it’s important to keep them monitored. For example, with a triple-tap on a Touch switch, this signals that it’s time for bed and the whole home should shut down for the night too. This includes power supplied to electronics.
If an emergency situation occurs in a traditional home, it’s common for first responders to be denied access into the home. However, with Loxone, the touch of the emergency button can trigger the front door to open to allow for a smooth rescue.
Individual room control
With Loxone, each room can maintain its own defined temperature, with time of day in mind. For example, the bathroom will heat up only in the morning or night. This helps prevent rooms from overheating and saves energy.
Loxone can monitor the air quality in terms of temperature, humidity and CO2. Plus, control of ventilation helps minimize the spread of viruses – especially beneficial for those with lower functioning immune systems.
If the resident is ever in the situation of being locked out, access can be granted remotely within the Loxone App. As an extra measure, access codes can also be stored. Individual codes can even be set for neighbors, caregivers and more.
If the resident lives alone, the thought of a burglary or fire can be even more frightening. Sensors in every room can monitor for extreme temperature, presence, water leaks and more. If any potential danger is detected, an alarm is immediately sounded and relatives are notified.
For the resident, it may not always be easy to notice when normal behaviors start changing. Sensors can help pick up on specific behaviors, such as toilet flushing more often. With reliable monitoring, it’s easier for caregivers to foresee any problems.
While leaving a room, turning off all the lights is often forgotten about. Advanced lighting controls can take care of this. If no motion or sound is detected by a Presence Sensor, the lights will know to shut off automatically.
Everyone could use a reminder every now and then for their well-being. Especially when it comes to taking medications, an automated voice reminder is a helpful tactic. This can be played at the same time, everyday.